Chuck Schumer is the Majority Leader of the U.S. Senate in title only. Every move he makes in the Senate has one singular goal in mind: Make socialist congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez so happy she declines to run against him in a primary. So far, he has cowered to every one of her demands. Yet, AOC refuses to rule out a challenge, thus keeping the intense pressure on.
This morning, an op-ed entitled “Schumer and his Shadow” ran in the print edition of the Wall Street Journal that summed up Schumer’s predicament well:
“…The AOC agenda could make Mr. Schumer minority leader again. Mr. Schumer seems happy to take that risk if it spares him losing his job altogether in a primary fight. The Democratic establishment, including the White House, is running scared of the progressive bogeyman. And Ms. Ocasio-Cortez isn’t about to give up her leverage.”
AOC is the de facto Majority Leader, yet, as the op-ed cites, only 15% of Americans self-describe as “progressive.” In other words, Schumer’s fight for survival is in direct detriment of his party and not supported by Americans… and he does not care.
Statement from NRSC Spokesman T.W. Arrighi: “Chuck Schumer has become AOC’s puppet, a fact that would be funny if it weren’t putting our nation on a path to economic ruin. The sad truth is if AOC says, ‘Jump!’, the esteemed Majority Leader would ask, ‘How high?’ He is willing to go to any length to save his own job. The good news for Republicans is if he continues to be a lackey for socialists, the only leadership title in his future is Minority Leader.”